Jaguar Health unit receives notice of allowance from CIPO for patent application
Jaguar Health announced that the company's wholly-owned, human-health focused subsidiary, Napo Pharmaceuticals, has received a Notice of Allowance from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for Canadian Patent Application No. 2,816,416, titled Methods and Compositions for Treating HIV-Associated Diarrhea. "We are very pleased to receive this Notice of Allowance from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for this patent," Steven King, PhD, Jaguar's executive vice president of sustainable supply, ethnobotanical research and intellectual property, commented. "Jaguar, through Napo, holds extensive global rights for crofelemer, comprising a valuable and significant barrier to entry. At the present time we hold approximately 141 issued worldwide patents, with coverage in many cases that extends until 2031. These issued patents cover multiple indications including HIV-AIDS diarrhea, IBS, IBD, manufacturing, enteric protection from gastric juices, among others. We also have approximately 24 pending patent applications worldwide in the human health areas that are being prosecuted." The patent covers methods for treating diarrhea by administering to a patient in need thereof, an inhibitor of chloride-ion transport in an amount sufficient to treat diarrhea. Treatment of diarrhea includes the treatment of the diarrhea as well as the pain, abdominal discomfort and other symptoms associated with diarrhea. In one embodiment, the inhibitor of chloride-ion transport is crofelemer.